At the June meeting of the Diocesan Synod, Bishop Christopher spoke of the importance of our churches growing in impact. We often speak about our desire to see numerical growth in our church (more people coming to our services) and to see spiritual growth within the church (individuals drawing closer to God). Growth in impact is about increasing the presence of the church within our local community.

Our Summer Festival on 6th July (12.00-4.00pm) is an important part of our community activity. Each year we invite everybody in the area to come and join us for an afternoon of fun. It’s a really varied event, with stalls to get a bargain, speakers and singers to be entertained by, animals for the children to see and lots of lovely food to sample. We hope that it will be an opportunity for our community to come together and enjoy themselves.
A big thank you to everybody who works hard to make the Summer Festival happen, in the preparation, in delivering invitations around the parish, on the day, and sorting out afterwards.

At the Havant Deanery Synod in June, the guest speaker was Revd Tim Watson. Tim is a Pioneer Minister in the Leesland area of Gosport. He spoke about his experience of starting a new church from scratch. One of the things that struck me is how he has looked to work in partnership with local organisations, rather than the church duplicate what is already happening. I wonder who we at Christ Church could be working alongside.

One of our growing partnerships is within the Church of England. Since I was appointed as Priest-in-Charge of St John the Baptist, Purbrook in January, I have been seeking ways of the two churches working better together. In May, the two PCCs had their first joint meeting and began to discuss what the future might hold. We are looking at ways of streamlining the governance of the two churches, and we will soon begin to look at the worship and service patterns.

We need to maximise the benefit of having two church buildings so close to each other. I’ll be giving some thought to how we do that over the summer.

In September we will welcome Revd Janette Smith as the Vicar of Crookhorn (and Curate at Christ Church and St John’s). I look forward to working alongside Janette as we seek to determine how God is leading us in the Portsdown Cluster.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths.”
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

Revd Andy Wilson

Vicar, Christ Church Portsdown
Priest-in-Charge, St John the Baptist Purbrook
Curate, Church of the Good Shepherd Crookhorn
Chaplain, Havant & Waterlooville FC